Posted by: Kayla Bremer
Police say 28–year–old Matthew McCall of Nebraska City was killed in the single vehicle accident.
The crash happened just before 5 a.m. Monday near 70th and Highway 2. Officers say McCall was heading south on 70th street when his car slid off the road.
"The driver did not negotiate the curve in the roadway causing the vehicle to strike a light pole," Officer Katie Flood said. "Just seconds after the collision, the vehicle burst into flames."
Lincoln Fire and Rescue arrived minutes after and worked to put out the flames. McCall was pronounced dead at the scene.
The intersection was shut down for more than four hours while police investigated the area.
"Whenever we have a serious accident we'll look into whether speeds are a factor, road conditions, and of course the driver's condition prior to the accident...whether it could have been caused by drug or alcohol abuse, maybe a medical condition or other factors," Officer Flood added.
This was one of several deadly crashes over the weekend.
The Nebraska State Patrol says seven people were killed in five separate accidents on Nebraska roads Friday through Monday. This brings the number of fatalities already this year to 107, compared to the 101 on this same date last year. A reminder to everyone to be extra careful on roadways during the summer travel season.
Monday's accident is still under investigation. Police say speed may have been a contributing factor and they don't know if McCall was wearing a seat belt or not.